There’s hope for everyone because there is grace in Jesus Christ for everyone. Don’t believe it? That’s apt to be a problem. But, to awaken your faith, let’s look together at the first chapter of John. For every reason that seeks to nullify hope Jesus comes to nurture hope and provide ample grace for an abundant life of faith.
The first thing sin does to someone is separate them from God and blind their eyes to faith in the gospel. They live “in the dark”, so what hope can they have? In Jesus they can have more than enough because John 1:9 says “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” So, even if you sit in the dark the True Light is giving you light and every person of faith is a witness to that light.
Yes, but isn’t a person powerless to change their nature? Even if they see the light, won’t it only serve to show them their darkness. That would be true only if God left us to our own devices but we know God has acted on our behalf. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Even for the person who is powerless there is hope for “all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1: 12 -13)
But, what if I still don’t get it? I suppose there is hope for everyone but me. Well, you’d be wrong. In Jesus there is hope for even you. Even for those who just don’t get it, maybe especially for you, “the Word has become flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 14) The prophet John the Baptist says if you don’t recognize your only hope, let me point him out to you – it’s Jesus. The Jews who had searched their whole life for that hope witness to Jesus as the sole hope for any and everyone, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4: 12)
Yes, even if it doesn’t make sense to you, you can trust Jesus to reveal it to you. That is the promise of John 1:18: “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” Trust Jesus. He will make the Way, the Truth, and the Life known to you. Jesus will give to you a glorious hope!